Issue 12 ~ December 31, 2007
Business with BDC
On Christmas Day, Saturos made a startling topic. He proposed reaffiliating the Temple of Kraden with the Blue Diamond Clan. Said Saturos, “What prompted me to consider reaffiliating? Well, simple, really. Phoenix asked. I had gone to him to see if I could try my hand at getting the source code, but was pleasantly surprised when he basically said he would like to mend fences with the Temple and reaffiliate, and then he could share all the coding we could want. Now, coding entirely aside, I appreciated the offer of BDC wanting to mend fences and reaffiliate - hell, we did have an extremely beneficial relationship in the first place. And my opinion on the matter was really solidified when phoenix came over here and made a few posts.”
Although most Kradenettes were ambivalent or even enthusiastic about the idea, not all members were as enthusiastic about the prospect of recreating ties with BDC. Several added riders to their posts of support that said, to use Shadow’s wording, “one word that implies badmouthing, and I say to hell with them.” Enro added his comment, too: “As someone completely neutral, I'd advise against reaffiliating. Too many members here have said that they'll only tolerate the BDC, and will step back as soon as something bad happens. Such a wary attitude does not seem a healthy way to reform the friendship between the two forums. Phoenix has also expressed reluctance to reaffiliate, merely on the grounds that Draco will not apologize for whatever it is she said/did. It doesn't seem to be the best course of action to force our two groups back together, especially when there is so much caution and repressed opinions.” Ptfreak agreed with Enro’s sentiment. Astra kept a cautiously optimistic attitude, saying, “There's always a change to renew the affiliation if they turned over a new leaf... But for some time, I'll be a little wary of some members from that place.”
Dracobolt gave her assent to the reaffiliation, saying that she would act as professional courtesy dictated, but not an iota more friendly. She also became more receptive when she realized that the admin staff at BDC wasn’t made of people she considered complete incompetents anymore. “Ptfreak and Leon are both great guys,” Draco said when asked. “When I learned that, along with the news that LethalLion had finally left BDC for good, I felt more confident that this affiliation could work out – as long as they dropped the ridiculous notion that I needed to apologize for some absurd reason.”
SirKibble also has a history with BDC. His thoughts on the matter were that “I just don't want to see drama. I like this board and its members and I have a fair soft spot for BDC and I really don't want to see crap coming on either board. Especially this one.” RyuKenshin, another person who was close to BDC in the past, summarized the past events for those who were not in the know, and his post gave an impression that he was not thrilled with the idea of reaffiliating.
In the end, Saturos decided that the time was not right for the two sites to reaffiliate. He noted that “as ptfreak pointed out, an affiliation that only doesn't degrade into total chaos because of threat of punishment would not be a very healthy one, and would not be the note I would like to see our forums get back together on.” Is this the end for ToK/BDC relations? It would seem not. Saturos and many other members on both sites hope for healing. Whether that healing will come, only time (or possibly Ms. Cleo) will tell.
Keeping Up With Changes
A lot has been happening since Saturos first proposed a few changes including merging and reordering forums and offering communal forums. The idea of having a personal subforum dedicated to a topic of your choice was tempting for quite a few Kradenettes. Of the eight subforums so far, only two are not related to gaming: Sacra’s Food forum and Dracobolt’s The SOS Brigade, dedicated to mysteries and the paranormal. The two most popular subforms are The Court Room and Food. Saturos weighed in on the issue, saying, “In the case of the communal forums, I was happy that we had at least -some- response. And with how its turned out in execution, I like it. The specific topics kinda spur on discussion, though obviously some have been more fruitful than others. But that's fine. Simply having the place to discuss something helps, and I'd like to see how some members respond to having responsibility - and in general, in makes the Temple larger, having mini forums within it.”
Another announcement made recently was a contest for a new Temple banner. The current banner has been around since time immemorial, and the contest was suggested by Dracobolt as a way to usher in another new development. Saturos feels that it “seems to hold promising fruit - we've never had our own banner before.” So far, Kris, Adnarel, and Spella have been among those who have entered banners in the contest.
Also cropping up is the issue of another possible affiliate, Magic Sword Forum. Soon to be known as Deus Ex Machina Forums, this small but lively community focuses on writing and reading. The head admin was receptive to the idea, as were all the Kradenettes who commented on it. “I suppose the Temple could always use more affiliates,” said Saturos, “since in most cases they're only beneficial - some members, at least, will join the other forum (plus, free advertising).” The affiliation seems likely to go ahead in a short time. Relating to other possible affiliates, Saturos said, “I'll see what I can do about peer-pressuring the admins at GSR fanfictions into affiliating with us (after putting the question to the Temple if I get a favourable response). >_> Since hell, it'd be nice to be linked to a fanfiction section.”
Among other changes in the works are ones involving codes to modify the board. Will we be able to select from various skins, add country and gender slots to the profile, and have a portal site? Well, considering that the News feels confident enough to mention these things, we’ll probably get at least one. Stay tuned for these and more developments in the new year!
Nexus War Fever Sweeps Temple
The Temple has been smacked with MMO Addiction. However, this addiction is not the work of World of Warcraft, or MapleStory, or even Guild Wars. Nay, the MMO in question is the free, browser-based Nexus War.
Nexus War was brought into the Temple by way of veteran Hinoa, where it immediately devoured the young Kradenettes. Hinoa was not available for comment at the time of this article, but we imagine that he would give a response that carried a thinly-veiled to take the Temple over.
The Kradenettes do seem to be enjoying the game, however. "I find this game to be a nice little time-waster. It's definitely good." Said the Jupiter Adept Jackal. Jackal was later arrested for fraudulent journalism.
The leader of Mercury, Dracobolt, is also enjoying the game. "It's really fun to run around killing people, and it's also neat to run into other Kradenette's characters." She said. Dracobolt seems to have an evil side to her.
Others, however, didn't enjoy it so much. "I got bored of it really quickly," stated Venus Adept RandomKrisGuy. Kris will likely being killing the writer of this article for capitalizing his name when he sees this.
Clearly, Nexus War has grabbed ahold of the Temple. The burning question in the minds of the populace, however, is a simple, yet somehow complex, one: How long will Nexus War continue this dominance?
Temple of Kraden Choose Your Own Adventure
Last time, on Sea Why Oh Eh...
Shaking, Dracobolt slowly rose to her feet, fighting the pressure and awesomeness of the rock music. Through gritted teeth, she spits out, "Come on, boys, where's your Christmas spirit?" then, as puppets fell from the ceiling, she sang in a crystal voice as they danced:
It's in the singing of a street corner choir
It's going home and getting warm by the fire
Wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas
A cup of kindness that we share with another
A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother
In all the places you find love
It feels like Christmas
As the last crystalline notes died away, a kind of awed silence filled the room. The Muppets faded into the shadows, and Draco stood, in a room with an absence of rock, waiting for a reaction:
a) What a beautiful song! Gift-giving and kumbaya for everyone!
b) Musical, emotions? Pft. ROCK OUT! Turn it up to 11x2!
c) The musical causes a warp in space-time and flings everyone into the world of "We Will Rock You", the Queen musical.
d) Rum and eggnog, everyone gets smashed
You, Kradenettes, chose D.
Saturos wiped a tear from his eye. "Well, I'll be darned. C'mon, Draco, you've show'd us the err of our ways. No longer shall we be scrooges, but embrace the festive spirit! C'mon, Draco, we're getting you smashed! Rum and egg nog for everyone!"
The Kradenettes gave a roaring cheer and produced quarts of egg nog, mixing it with warm gold rum. Werebarret and the other Mars adepts heated the drinks to the perfect temperature, and as drink after drink went around, the Kradenettes got more and more wild as the party progressed. Tables were overturned, more people showed up, and soon it was a rowdy party of Kradenettes indeed. But, just how rowdy?
a) It was rowdy when Draco and Kyarorain are caught sneaking off to the closet, along
with Lachesis and Shadow.
b) It was rowdy when Ian "accidentally" ate several unnamed Kradenettes and left huge blood smears on the walls - much to the shock or amusement of the others, depending who you ask.
c) It was rowdy when Werebarret and Dark Wizard got into a chugging contest for the honour of their Tribes, and a Brawl broke out afterward.
d) It was rowdy when someone set up a New Year's ball, set to burst when the clock struck twelve... but what is it filled with?
Dear Mister Advice Guy
Dear Mister Advice Guy,
I'm getting sick of people stirring up drama on the internet. What should I do with them?
Dear Hater of Drama,
I'm going to give you two answers, one serious and one violent. The serious answer is "unplug your internet." The violent answer is "inject everyone that's causing drama with a cocktail of SARS and ebola." I care not which one you choose.
Mr. Advice Guy